(ST. PETERSBURG, September 2014) – Cathy Kersten, the Executive Director of the Florida Marching Band Championships, was recently elected to the Second Time Arounders Marching Band Board of Directors.
As a four year veteran of the Second Time Arounders as a majorette, Cathy lives out the phrase, “practice what you preach”. She has spent countless hours organizing regional high school band competitions throughout Florida. Most notably, she manages the State Championships held at Tropicana Field the weekend before Thanksgiving each year, where 80-90 bands from around the State come to compete.
She’s been instructing and guiding thousands of young hopefuls in their competitions, helping them to improve and add spark to their presentations.
When asked about the challenges and opportunities presented by this dual role, Kersten said, “Living in Apopka, the 2-1/2 hour drive to St. Petersburg for rehearsals has been the biggest challenge. But, the friendships I have made and the fun of the performances is worth every mile…and then some! The thrill of marching down the crowded streets in Savannah, Key West, and even St. Petersburg, and to watch the transformation of the audience’s faces as they realize, ‘Hey, these are adults’, then add to that the cheers from the crowd, ‘you guys and gals still got it going on! Why not do it a Second Time Around?”
“Cathy brings a special talent and insight as a new board member to the Rounders. Having been in the business and activity of high school bands for many years, she understands what it takes to organize, promote and achieve performance success with a large group of musicians and auxiliary members. We are happy to have Cathy aboard”, says Bill Findeison, the Director of the Second Time Arounders.
The Second Time Arounders Marching Band is the first all-ages band in the country! 33 years in the making, our members range in age from 18-85 and are about 450 members strong. The Band proudly supports local arts and music programs.
For more information about:
The Florida Marching Band Championships, visit www.floridabandtournament.com
The Second Time Arounders Marching Band, visit www.secondtimearounders.org
Telephone: (727) 421-2344
The Greater St. Petersburg Area Awesome, Original, Second Time Arounders Marching Band was founded in 1983 by Bill Findeison, the conductor, and Herb Melleney, then director of the Festival of States. The Band is dedicated and was formed to give folks who ever played in a high school, college, or military marching band, the chance to do it a “second time around”. As the very first band of its kind in the U.S., the Band has about 500 members ranging in age from 18-85. The Band has made appearances in festivals and marched in parades all over the world including Key West, FL; Portland, OR; Orlando, FL; Dublin, Ireland; San Antonio, TX; Savannah, GA; New York City, NY; and in Calgary Canada